While Chicago Bulls fans have a lot to look forward to this offseason with reported major moves in the free agent market, a lot of mystery remains on what players the team would actually pick up. However, this burning question might have finally been answered. Euroleague superstar and Bulls’ prospect Nikola Mirotic was recently asked about the likelihood of him joining the NBA next season if Chicago asked to bring him over.
His response should leave many Chicago fans excited.
“For me the most important thing is hopes and goals. It’s not a money thing,” said Mirotic. “I will do what my heart tells me, whatever it’s the best for me, go to Chicago or stay in Madrid to improve my game, give something more and build a future. I don’t know now, but I’m close to making a decision.”
While this may not be a definite “yes”, it does show that Mirotic isn’t hesitant to leaving the Euroleague, along with his millions of fans and championship rings. Upon his arrival, the Bulls’ roster would finally receive the upgrade they’ve sought for so long.
Mirotic’s comment on “money” not being that important should be a sigh of relief to those who questioned whether salary issues could hold him back from signing. If he is signed, the Bulls would most likely only be able to offer him a mid-level exception, which would be a considerable pay cut from what he’s earning right now.
In today’s league of superstars who only play for fame and multi-million dollar contracts, it’s good to see that there are still people who play for the love of the game.
In many ways, Mirotic represents everything the Bulls are searching for right now. He’s an offensive powerhouse, incredibly talented at the forward position and a former MVP with championship experience. If he’s partnered with two-time All-Star team leader Joakim Noah, along with possible Sixth Man of the Year recipient Taj Gibson, Chicago’s front court would be nearly unstoppable.
Again, while he hasn’t given a definite response as of yet, the signs are pointing towards Mirotic signing with the Bulls this offseason. With his acquisition and a possible high draft pick, the Bulls’ roster next year would definitely be NBA Championship material.